School: Béal Átha Conaill (C.)

Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan
Mary Mulligan
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0968, Page 128

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  1. On Halloween night young boys go around the country tying doors, and removing gates, from one man's field to another or hiding them.
    On December the 26th young boys dress up in straw and go from house to house collecting money. They are known as "Wren-boys"
    This is a pious old Irish custom, carried out up to the end of the last century in every Catholic homestead.
    On January the 6th, thirteen rush candles were burned, twelve in a circle, and one in an elevated position in the centre, representing Our Lord and the Twelve Apostles.
    The family knelt in a circle around the burning candles, and each member of the family having named his own candle.
    The Rosary was recited, and, tradition says, that the members of the family died in the same rotation as their candles burned out.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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